DILG, todo-depensa sa desisyon ng NSC, NTC na pag-block ng terror groups-linked websites

DILG, todo-depensa sa desisyon ng NSC, NTC na pag-block ng terror groups-linked websites

June 23, 2022 @ 6:10 PM 6 days ago

MANILA, Philippines- Dinipensahan ng  Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)  ang naging desisyon ng National Security Council (NSC) at National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) na i-block ang websites ng  Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) affiliated groups at front organizations.

Sinabi ni  DILG Undersecretary at NTF ELCAC spokesperson Jonathan Malaya na ang  legal na basehan para higpitan ang mga nasabing websites ay mula sa  RA No. 11479 o mas kilala bilang “The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020” partikular na ang first paragraph ng Seksyon  2, na nagsasaad na:

“Section 2. Declaration of Policy – It is declared a policy of the State to protect life, liberty, and property from terrorism, to condemn terrorism as inimical and dangerous to the national security of the country and to the welfare of the people, and to make terrorism a crime against the Filipino people, against humanity, and against The Law of Nations.”

Sinabi ni Malaya, malinaw na  “terrorism is declared explicitly as a crime, not only against the Filipino people but also against humanity and the laws of nations. In this connection, the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) has issued three (3) resolutions declaring the CPP-NPA-NDF and their central committee members as terrorists and terrorist organizations pursuant to par. 3 of Sec. 25 of the said law.”

“In light of the declaration of policy of RA 11479, the resolution of the ATC, and in order to implement the same, restricting or blocking the websites of the declared terrorist organizations and their members are in accordance with law,” ayon kay Malaya.

“It cannot be denied that the propaganda contained in the terrorist websites are being used to advance the illegal cause of the terrorists, in this case the CPP-NPA-NDF, which is to overthrow the government through violent means and destroy our democratic way of life. I wish to emphasize that inciting to commit terrorism is a criminal act in Sec. 9 of RA 11479, which reads: Section 9. Inciting to Commit Terrorism.- Any person who, without taking any direct part in the commission of terrorism, shall include others to the execution of any of the acts specified in Section 4 hereof by means of speeches, proclamations, writings, emblems, banners or other representations tending to the same end,” dagdag na pahayag nito.

Sinabi pa ni Malaya na “those affected by this sanction may advance the argument that the same is a curtailment of their freedom of speech. However, this should fail because freedom of speech is not absolute as held by the Supreme Court in Gonzales v. Comelec, 137 Phil. 471, 494.”

“Some types of speech may be subjected to some regulation by the State under its police power, in order that it may not be injurious to the equal rights of others or those of the community or society,”  aniya pa rin.

Aniya, maging ang  International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights  ay kinikilala na  ang freedom of speech and expression  ay mayroong limitasyon partikular na sa usapin ng  national security at public order,  kung saan siyang pangunahing dahilan kung bakit terrorist CPP-NPA-NDF websites ay naka-block. Kris Jose